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) PAGE. 2-A .t I Support Our Troops HOGANSVmLF. HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2004 VrESTt EORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE is coming to your neighborhood. Come and hear about WGTC's easy admission process. gocaltb~ Greenville Old f~lin [)er~ 1224 ]ncll Street, (iTccn~ ifle. (iA 30222 Information and registration night: November 15'~ ................... 6:30 p.m. Wimer classes begin: January 10t~ in Greenville January 4th in LaGrange Program# offered this quarter in Greenville: Basic Computer Skills Office Accounting For more information, ca I a Career Planner at 706-837-4273. ] New Police Station Opening By CLINT CLAYBROOK The grand opening Hogansville Police Headquarters build- ing has been pushed back until possibly January by wet weather that has delayed completion of the paving work, Police Chief Guy Spradlin said this week. Most of the paving in front of the approximately $44)0,000 building on Lincoln Street has been completed but "We still have to complete the paving out back," Spradlin told The Home News. Earlier, the chief had said he hoped to see the building in use b~ the end of October, but that was before recent rains soaked the lot near the city garage that is home to the new facility. Police and their admires" trative staff are obviously looking forward to get- tingout of their almost-ancient, cramped quarters at the existing headquarfers ' ' in downtown Hogansville. ...~ Spradlin and city officials are also - ",lqgking at moving the municipal court of the new h~g room from City Hall into the new police headquarters, Spradlin revealed. "We're looking at the (possi- ble) legalities involved," he said. Municipal court, at present, is held in the City Council chambers at City Hall. The new police headquarters build- ing was built entirely with money seized from drug operations about two years ago, primarily from "mules" hauling their illicit cargo through HogansviUe on Interstate 85 that have been arrest- ed by city police en route through thier town. Seizures of the "mules' and their cargo also funded during that time, a new fleet of police ears, most ff not all of them with the newest technology available, including in-car and video cameras complete ability to monitor the conversations ( police officers and suspects or members of the public those engage during their on-duty hours. Spradlin said he's bought some the new equipment he wants for headquarters, but is still other items such as filing cabinets. It's unclear at the moment handling Grantville's calls for information about licenses, wanted persons and details during traffic stops, the said, since that neighboring city ly hired its own dispatcher/secretary. Grantville has been in the Coweta County eral months over the county's to handle police dispatching Projects Finally Taking Shape in Continued From Page 1A overseeing that project of USC East of Atlanta, which won the gas line replacement contract with a bid of some $1.7 million, according to City Manager Randy Jordan. In most areas where the new line is installed, it'll go under the old lines, whichwill be emptied and capped, Atkinson said. As the work is completed grid by grid, "We'll just have to go back and re-light pilots lights and stuff like that," he told The Home New#. USC East was the lowest among 14 bidders for gas line rephcement. Jordan said the gas line replacement is being done "highest loss areas first" throughout the city. The com- pany has one year to complete that project, but the work might not take that long. USC East recently com- pleted a similar project in Manchester and has done similar work in Colorado and Kansas, Atkinson said. When the new line is in, the city expects bills to see a big savings in revenue lost because of leaks in the gas lines, some 19 percent over last year, Jordan said. While that work is going on, the city is also pressing forward with its efforts to replace some 1,400 old water meters that serve its cus- tomers, Jordan sai& He said a decision to replace the water meters was nailed down after "We had a cross-section of meters test- e& We pulled them out of the ground at random and the Radio Flyer Tricycles frcNnm "3S" Wagon = "33" Today! '1505 LaFayette Parkway 706-8 0' tests showed only 80 city manager said. "They were ing the usage by 20 which was costing percentofwhat been collecting annually the sale of water. "We're going to reading meters which also save on the cost of meter~ reading," Jordan said. City utility crews replace the water meters project. That work will started in the coming mon~ meters in small numbers needed from Metering of for about $80 each. The ond-lowest bid was $134 Hersey Meters N. C., Jordan saicL Replacement meters-~ the city in the future is down the line, Jordan said. What with Phase II Streetscapes just ahead homes coming on line and normal routine of ness, "We've got so going on that we're \ HUGHSTON Orthopedic. Hospital SM t